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Product type Consumer electronics
Owner Vinpower
Country US
Introduced April 3, 2006
Previous owners Sony, NEC
Website www.optiarcinc.com

Optiarc is a brand of optical desk drives owned by a US company Vinpower, Inc.

Initially Optiarc was established on April 3, 2006 as a joint venture between Sony Corporation (55% shares) and NEC Corporation (45% shares). The company, named Sony NEC Optiarc, focused on manufacturing optocal disk drives primarily for the OEM desktop and notebook PC markets.

On September 11, 2008, it was announced that Sony would take over NEC's 45% share, making Optiarc a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony,[1] to be called Sony Optiarc. This took effect on December 5, 2008[2]

In March 2013, Sony closed its Optiarc optical disk division,[3][4] laying off about 400 employees globally.

In 2017, a US company Vinpower, whose main business was manufacturing optical disc duplicators for the commercial market, acquired rights to the Optiarc brand and product line.[5]

Sony Optiarc DVD drive AD-7240S.

See also[edit]

Similar joint ventures in the data storage industry:


  1. ^ http://www.sonynec-optiarc.com/company/index.html[dead link]
  2. ^ http://www.sonynec-optiarc.com/company/principles.html[dead link]
  3. ^ Crothers, Brooke (27 August 2012). "Sony to exit PC-use optical drives, say reports". CNET. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Carter, White (27 August 2012). "Sony Optiarc closed, the subsidiary that manufactures optical drives". Technewspedia. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Jan Willem, Aldershoff (June 19, 2017). "U.S. company VinPower Digital claims to be resurrecting Optiarc CD/DVD burner brand". Myce.com. Retrieved April 26, 2018. 

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